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Quantized symplectic actions and $W$-algebras
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With a nilpotent element in a semisimple Lie algebra $\mathfrak {g}$ one associates a finitely generated associative algebra $\mathcal {W}$ called a $W$-algebra of finite type. This algebra is obtained from the universal enveloping algebra $U(\mathfrak {g})$ by a certain Hamiltonian reduction. We observe that $\mathcal {W}$ is the invariant algebra for an action of a reductive group $G$ with Lie algebra $\mathfrak {g}$ on a quantized symplectic affine variety and use this observation to study $\mathcal {W}$. Our results include an alternative definition of $\mathcal {W}$, a relation between the sets of prime ideals of $\mathcal {W}$ and of the corresponding universal enveloping algebra, the existence of a one-dimensional representation of $\mathcal {W}$ in the case of classical $\mathfrak {g}$ and the separation of elements of $\mathcal {W}$ by finite-dimensional representations.
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  • Ivan Losev
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
  • MR Author ID: 775766
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  • Received by editor(s): August 17, 2007
  • Published electronically: September 18, 2009
  • © Copyright 2009 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: J. Amer. Math. Soc. 23 (2010), 35-59
  • MSC (2000): Primary 17B35, 53D55
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  • MathSciNet review: 2552248